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Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Tour

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 104' 32 m
Descent: -77' -23 m
High: 59' 18 m
Low: 2' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Chris Garrett

A gravel and pavement road through open fields and woods.

Chris Garrett

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Closed dusk to dawn. No motorized vehicles. Merkle section of trail closed between October 1 and January 31.

Description

This is a bi-directional, shared use trail that heads through open forest and farmland that is a mix of pavement and gravel doubletrack with some fall line downs and ups. It connects Jug Bay Natural Area to Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, which is managed by MD DNR.

The Jug Bay part of the trail is open year-round but the Merkle side is closed to traffic between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31. While the trail isn't very busy, it is shared-use and there will occasionally be equestrians and mountain bikers, so be aware.

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White Ibis (imm.), Eudocimus albus; Merkle Wildlife Management Area" by Matt Tillett (https://tinyurl.com/wq38fbn), Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/).
Nov 12, 2019 near Dunkirk, MD

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